Tuesday, 25 February 2014

UNICEF UK: At least ten children are trafficked into the UK every week

Dear Mr Jones, At least ten children are trafficked in the UK every week to face violence, exploitation and abuse, the physical and psychological scars of which can last a lifetime. However, the data on child trafficking is limited and we fear that the actual number of trafficked children is substantially higher.

Last week UNICEF UK launched a campaign on child trafficking in the UK, which calls on the Home Secretary to ensure that children are at the heart of the Modern Slavery Bill. The campaign has already received strong support from the public and some of our celebrity ambassadors including Ewan McGregor and Robbie Williams.

We strongly welcome the proposed Modern Slavery Bill. We believe it has the potential to transform the lives of trafficked children - and those at risk of trafficking - and set a gold standard for anti-trafficking legislation globally.

While we support the attention the Bill gives to prosecution, we believe the Bill needs to go further to include measures to protect children and prevent trafficking.

Please read our short parliamentary briefing f or more details about our priority calls for the Bill.

We look forward to working with you over the coming months to ensure this critical piece of legislation achieves real change for the most vulnerable victims of trafficking - children.

Zara Taylor-Jackson
Government Relations, UNICEF UK

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